Standing, Holding and Knowing, Laws of Doing

Standing, holding and knowing are laws of doing and initiations of poise, endurance and conscious awareness. You stand on principle always as you hold fast to the Light of God in truth, and know that "This is Good. Let there be Light" is the perfect declaration in all cases of need.

Standing: "Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." – Ephesians 6:13.

Holding: "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering." Hebrews 10:23.

Knowing: "There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known." – Matthew 10:26.

Edna Lister on Standing, Holding and Knowing

Just know the truth and stand while the unjust know the truth and fall. – Edna Lister, January 31, 1933.

Real prayer treatment is knowing the truth. It takes place within you and is not projected onto anyone else. You never give a treatment to a person. You simply know the truth — whether you know the nature of the problem or the person is really not important. If you understand the principles of healing, then you know the conflict being presented has its source in the subconscious, which is not a mind but a belief in two powers, God and self. This appearance, this discord has no law of God, no life of God, no substance of God. Therefore, the appearance has no real power to sustain or maintain itself. If you know the truth the instant the conflict is brought to your attention, there is no danger of first taking it into your consciousness and then later having to lift it out and up. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, 1933.

You just know the truth that every appearance of evil is simply a form of mental malpractice. – Edna Lister, God as Consciousness Appears as Form, 1933.

God cannot fail you ever. You have His abundance to draw upon, and that is what you need to know and do. Where it comes from on the outside, and how it comes is God's business; yours is only to know that you have it and to keep thanking God that you have it right now. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Correspondence, 1934.

God only needs one person to know the truth. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1934.

Hold yourself of high vibration that nothing of the outer world may enter your life. – Edna Lister, September 6, 1938.

Those who intellectually make sacrifices find themselves involved in much discussion and confusion. You must make your sacrifices to stand and hold a high point of ascension from the heart, backed by the mind. Reason and judgment must both rule and control the heart's vain emotions until you can conquer them. – Edna Lister, September 28, 1938.

Devotion to the Father and His agents under the Master is your strength. – Edna Lister, September 29, 1938.

Hold fast and well to your desires, lest the enemy surround you and takes from you the little you have accomplished. – Edna Lister, October 27,1938.

You become a "tower of strength" when you make a stand. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1938.

Know that to be right is glory. – Edna Lister, December 26, 1938.

Only years of obedience to law and surrender of self teach you to know that "all is well." – Edna Lister, January 13, 1939.

Hold fast to God to keep your lines of Light free of doubt and lack of faith. – Edna Lister, January 23, 1939.

Desire alone cannot hold your lines of Light and responsibility. Your will must back desire to hold all in the Light. – Edna Lister, January 23, 1939.

Peculiar, how long it takes to learn how to stand on your declaration and to know with the faith of a creator god, even when everything looks like black failure, when others fail, when everything you depended on goes flat. When you know that nothing can move you from your declaration of perfection, then Power moves through you and release comes. – Edna Lister, November 10, 1939.

Stand firmly, hold the position you have gained, and hold fast to your share of Light and Power. – Edna Lister, November 14, 1939.

Stand firm on your center point of Light. – Edna Lister, December 11, 1940.

Do not let go of the Light. Only by holding fast to all gains may new Wisdom be yours. Only by the praise from your heart's depths can you establish your hold, increase your hours of glory, and return to the Master's Path. – Edna Lister, March 22, 1940.

Stand firmly and sweetly, and in complete love and understanding. – Edna Lister, July 31, 1941.

The scrawny fruit falls when a strong wind blows, which is good for the full fruit that remains. This illustrates standing, holding and knowing. – Edna Lister, September 23, 1941.

Gather your lines of Light, present them as living oblations before your Father so that you may stand free to search self and soul. – Edna Lister, January 26, 1942.

Do not fall beside the wayside of waste and desolation, where only thorns lie among the rocks, no water to quench thirst, nor any nourishment. – Edna Lister, March 25, 1942.

Hold all your gains. If, by chance, something of the world does cause you to let go, just reach up again and grab your "live wire" from the Source. Waste no time in vain self-condemnation or foolish grief. Just go to the Mercy Seat in repentance. – Edna Lister, August 19, 1942.

Hold fast to your wishes, dreams and soul desires. Allow nothing to cause you to let go of your point of contact. – Edna Lister, August 19, 1942.

Only by constant vigilance can you retain your hold. – Edna Lister, February 22, 1943.

Those who fail to hold fast and "wait upon the Lord" can never see their names in the great Book of Life for this Age. – Edna Lister, September 9, 1943.

Stand and know until you forget everything else, and you will free yourself of all past bonds. – Edna Lister, July 31, 1944.

Someone must hold your point if you let the lines of Light go slack. The tragedy is that everyone on your lines slips into the mud with you when you forget to hold. – Edna Lister, December 8, 1944.

Stand firmly and unchanging under the Light. – Edna Lister, May 53, 1945.

Let no one and nothing drag you down, ever. – Edna Lister, July 21, 1945.

Hold what you have, and lose no gains. – Edna Lister, July 26, 1945.

Someone must know the truth and wade through the error and evil. Someone must stand. God needs only one to stand and hold! – Edna Lister, July 31, 1945.

You must hold, defend and honor your stand in the Light. More points are lost because of inability to stand and hold. Make no concessions to evil. – Edna Lister, October 12, 1945.

Hold in love as with bands of steel, stronger than death or darkness. – Edna Lister, November 29, 1945.

Desire is one thing, performance, practice and holding are another. – Edna Lister, March 5, 1947.

It is far to the bottom, but in one moment's sliding, behold! You lie in the mud of earth. – Edna Lister, March 30, 1947.

All things are possible to him who can stand steadfastly under Light and know that all desires based in Light will come to pass. – Edna Lister, December 4, 1947.

Stand steadfastly, grow and expand. – Edna Lister, January 8, 1949.

The point of Light you hold may at times be more point-like, yet will grow into a broad stairway where you and those near you may walk in comfort. – Edna Lister, August 1, 1949.

Hold your high point, for it is one way we can save the world. – Edna Lister, November 19, 1951.

Stand and hold fast to your conquered gains that no outer experience robs you of Light. – Edna Lister, November 25, 1952.

You can have miracles every day of the year when you reach up, hold fast to the faith of God, stand in the full Light, filled with Light, ignoring completely and forever all thoughts of earth's ways. – Edna Lister, January 12, 1953.

Find the balance point between self-condemnation and self-exaltation, and stand firmly immovable upon it. – Edna Lister, February 27, 1954.

When you make a stand in truth, you become responsible for lifting all your ancestors. You can lift hereditary traits. Ask that the idea of hereditary disease be eradicated. – Edna Lister, July 6, 1954.

Be a channel to release, a vessel to hold, and an instrument to direct Power. – Edna Lister, November 20, 1955.

Hold your thoughts on perfection. Forget the past, gaze into the future of all glory, and stand steadfastly until Light fulfills all. Cut down no lines of Light with the knife of self. Cut no lines upward to your Father, or in the outer to your new creations. – Edna Lister, January 5, 1956.

Stand steadfast on the rock of unconquerable faith. Seek ever to act as the Christ would act under all conditions. – Edna Lister, July 22, 1956.

It's a shame that you do not hold all the time, but let yourself sink into old ditches. – Edna Lister, November 17, 1956.

Someone trips when you let a line of Light sag. It can spoil a whole heavenly plan unless someone puts up a wall until Light absorbs it and holds the lines that you should hold. – Edna Lister, November 21, 1956.

Stand steadfastly. Form the habit of standing, which will then be yours for all eternity. – Edna Lister, May 9, 1957.

The point of no return is now. Keep your nose out of the past. Stand firmly on your point of no return. – Edna Lister, September 5, 1957.

You must have the intestinal fortitude to lift all manners of lines of Light, declare them good and hold until they are fully lifted into Light. – Edna Lister, September 26, 1957.

Just stand and hold, and if you hold yourself inviolate before God, you shall speak only words of beauty. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1957.

God sends Power through you according to your holding degree, which is your lowest point. – Edna Lister, October 20, 1958.

So often the task ahead is to stand and hold to the Light, no matter what comes or is said. – Edna Lister, December 1, 1958.

Many degrees of understanding lead to the faith of God. You can have an idea that something may happen, you can think something will happen, you can believe it may come to pass, or you can know as God knows. – Edna Lister, Manifestation, May 24, 1959.

As you stand and hold, the Light moving through you may be a rebuke to those around you. They will try to take God from you. Stand, plant your banner in the soil and defend the good. You must have a window on the world, but you can close the shutters so others cannot bother you. – Edna Lister, Imagination Is Your Crown, June 21, 1959.

As you stand, hold and live in honor, you shall walk as the Light. – Edna Lister, March 3, 1960.

All depends on holding with no more important word, action or thought than silently standing and holding in undeviating love. – Edna Lister, April 7, 1960.

You're already in the mud when you are conscious of holding, or of needing to hold. – Edna Lister, April 9, 1960.

The main objective is to hold the high point, never sinking. It takes only one small picture, thought or emotion to land at the bottom, and you must climb back instantly. Climb higher from any point you reach. Climbing is better, even if you have slipped, than to slip and not climb. One is gain and the other is loss. – Edna Lister, September 12, 1960.

You have no excuse for sinking without holding the lines of Light. – Edna Lister, September 22, 1960.

You may be chided for holding a finished line when you should have let it go for another to take. It's just as important to "let go" when releasing a line is necessary. – Edna Lister, October 3, 1960.

Stand, for you never know when you are the one to hold earth and all Creation for the Father. – Edna Lister, January 25, 1961.

You must build again from the bottom until you learn to let nothing deter or weaken you, to be steadfast and hold. – Edna Lister, March 27, 1962.

Stand firm on all declarations of good, and be in acceptance, knowing that God shall bring all good to pass for us. – Edna Lister, July 26, 1962.

Having done all else possible, stand. – Edna Lister, November 26, 1962.

Unfortunately, with some people, the need to hold may become an obsession to possess. – Edna Lister, June 20, 1963.

Stand and hold beyond the point of letting go or doubting whether the Power can move in and do the work. Waver not. Hold, and having done all, stand as Light. – Edna Lister, July 25, 1963.

Only a tissue thinness separates holding it tight and grasping it to death. – Edna Lister, September 19, 1963.

The love of God is brisk and strong, and does not whine or cry. It is something you can stand and hold onto. – Edna Lister, December 9, 1963.

Hold, for the bottom is a far distant place. – Edna Lister, June 10, 1965.

To hold fast all gains, you must stand firm under tests and temptations. – Edna Lister, February 20, 1966.

Hold and let Power do the work for you and as you. – Edna Lister, April 24, 1966.

When you absolutely stand and "know" without thought or consciousness of moving, you are neither hot nor cold, good or bad, dark or light, but time and space personified. – Edna Lister, May 6, 1966.

It takes great effort to climb a rugged place again. Waste no time wavering. Hold fast to your gains, and let no man take your hard won crown. Hold. Stand. Be. – Edna Lister, July 31, 1966.

Hold to Light and law first. The second holding is an unconscious "let" that turns on a shaft of Light over you, and you move up a notch in consciousness because Light accelerates it. You must sense and feel the weight lifting. The three must be simultaneous, or your fervency is lacking. – Edna Lister, October 31, 1966.

Let nothing deter you. Look neither to right nor left, especially not backward. Look upward where the Master can reach out and hold you. – Edna Lister, November 28, 1966.

To hold is to know the truth of reality and to ignore the truth of appearances, such as pain or evil. A metaphysical statement verbalizes what you think you know. A declaration verbalizes what you want to do. – Edna Lister, To Stand, to Endure, to Hold, July 2, 1967.

Soul flight is moving into life eternal and immortal, where God judges you according to your ability to steadfastly hold to the patterns of Light. – Edna Lister, June 28, 1968.

Hold all your gains. – Edna Lister, March 19, 1970.

Don't kill new growth by holding onto dead wood. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1924-1971.

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To Stand, to Hold, and to Know

This Linda Mihalic sermon transcript is dated August 10, 2003, Cleveland, Ohio.

Hebrew mysticism teaches that every living soul has two inclinations or tendencies implanted within it. Your mind is the battleground between the inclination to do good and the inclination to do evil or the not-good. This duality or dichotomy is obvious in the stories of Cain and Able, Ishmael and Isaac, Esau and Jacob. The brothers were born to families who allowed them to choose their soul's direction and life path, good or evil.

To read these stories as distant in time and in space is beguiling, but untrue. You carry the dual inclination within you, to do good and to do the not-good. You must choose hundreds of times daily. Usually, people fail to recognize the moment of choice until it is too late. Too often they choose some crippling form of mental or emotional malpractice such as resentment, irritation, impatience. The desire to hide something unlovely about yourself easily leads to lying.

We are obviously in the midst of a global conflict between good and evil. People automatically assume that others are waging this struggle "out there," separate from themselves. Perhaps you imagine that you are merely a distant observer, who helps by praying and declaring for the Light to win. Yet each wages this universal conflict on a personal level, within. Your mind and heart is the current battlegrounds, not somewhere else. By direct extension, if your mind and heart is involved, so is your body.

All conflict originates at the spiritual level, invisible to the ordinary senses. Yet inner conflict directly colors your thinking. Your thinking or lack of it, in turn, permits your emotions to run wild. Thus, the conflict rages within you, as it has throughout the ages. If you listen to the voices within your own thoughts, you learn to distinguish the voice of your inclination to good clearly, which Abraham Lincoln called "the angels of our better nature." The inclination to the not-good begins with the whiny, petulant self and ends with listening to absolute darkness, which speaks of revenge, spite, malice and the pleasuring of the self.

Conflict in the world causes war, within a family it causes quarreling; within you, as an individual, conflict causes chronic or acute disease. The degree of inner conflict that you entertain dictates your state of health or lack of it. This burden of responsibility falls squarely on your shoulders, not on anyone else. You embody the conflict at work in your consciousness, which reflects itself in your life, your health or your lack of vitality. You must let your Oversoul enlist your rational soul's full and willing cooperation and bodybuilding appetitive soul to support God's divine will for you. Never stop or rest in a place of weakness, or you open yourself to your not-good inclination.

To release Power, you must first fill yourself with Light, so raise your hands to form a chalice of Light, for Light as Love-Power to fill you. Verbally invoke the Light to fill you by saying, "Let me be filled with Thy Light and Power, oh God."

If your knees are weak, you cannot stand before God to release Power. You weaken your knees when you permit "little me" to keep you from kneeling in adoration before God. A person who goes to God last in case of need will find himself at the end of a long line! Going to God last means that you are "trying" to do it your way first. In a crisis, most people first mentally cry, "What can I do?" They spend hours, days or weeks seeking horizontally, asking friends, family and professionals (doctors, lawyers, or consultants) what they should do. Too often, they only go to God when all else fails.

"Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees." – Isaiah 35:3. If you are often on your knees in praise and adoration of the One, you will thereby strengthen your feeble knees and always find the endurance to stand until God provides your answer. If you have disciplined rational soul and appetitive soul, you will find a cushion of Light to rest upon. Your hands will not be "heavy" as you raise them.

Lift your vision to fulfill God's will and desire for you, which is always perfection, never any lesser state. The Light moving through will then straighten your path to understanding. The confusion will clear, the snarls will untangle, and the right course of action will magically appear before you. Perhaps God will send an Agent with your answer. The answer can come from any direction, but only if you hold fast to high vision in Light and know that He will work everything together to fulfill all good for you.

Stand and reach up to God. Hold fast to His hand and your high vision. Keep knowing that He is your ever-living, ever-loving, ever-present Eternal Father, who always answers your prayers and cares for your every need. To stand and hold and know this melts, dissolves and absorbs every inner conflict. Divine Light will flood you, filling every cell, molecule and atom. Your bloodstream will begin to glow with the golden Light that heals.

Your task is to lift everything that is unlike God. Lift all fear and guilt, all anger, hatred and revenge motives. Lift the idea of loss, of shame, of resentment, of unrighteous judgment, criticism and condemnation. Lift the vibration of self-righteousness and self-exaltation, all the taints that rise to strike you from the rear, in moments of weakness.

Our God is the God of All, who wants all His children to come home. Decree and declare and establish this as law now, before all worlds, throughout all universes: I serve the One God, of whom everything is but a part, the God of Light, of Love, of all-inclusiveness, who is indivisible by man-made creed or dogma. Only Light can stand or hold, and in Light I know that we are One whole, perfect pure and complete now.

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New Testament on Standing, Holding and Knowing

By their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:20.

There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. – Matthew 10:26.

Every kingdom [consciousness] divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. – Matthew 12:25.

The tree is known by his fruit. – Matthew 12:33.

Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. – Matthew 24:42.

A group, divided in opinion, will collapse; a personality divided within itself destroys its consciousness. if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house. – Mark 3:24-27.

Of that [Judgment] Day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. – Mark 13:32-33.

Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. – Mark 14:36.

A good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. – Luke 6:43‑44.

Nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. – Luke 8:17.

There is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. – Luke 12:2.

God knoweth your hearts. – Luke 16:15.

Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. – John 7:16-17.

Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. – John 8:14. [You must know whence you came and where you are going.]

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32.

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. – John 10:14. [The good shepherd knows his sheep, and is known by his own.]

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. – John 10:27. [Your sheep hear your voice, and you know them, and they follow you.]

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. – John 14:2-6.

I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. – John 14:16-17.

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. – 1 Corinthians 2:11‑12.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. – 1 Corinthians 2:14‑16.

Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.. – 1 Corinthians 10:12.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. – 1 Corinthians 13:8‑9.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. – 1 Corinthians 13:12.

God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6.

For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. – Ephesians 3:14-19.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Ephesians 6:11-13.

Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. – 1 Thessalonians 5:21.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. – 1 John 4:6.

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. – 1 John 4:12-13.

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. – Hebrews 10:23.

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Edna Miriam Lister
The original Pioneering Mystic
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Edna Lister

Standing, holding and knowing are law of doing.

To stand, hold and know are initiations.


The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV), Public Domain.

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